Thursday, April 20, 2023 from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM EDT
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ZOOM - link will be sent out the week of the event

Professionals- $50

Students, Families, Caregivers- $35

Payment Options: Visa/Mastercard, PayPal, Cheque

Visa, Mastercard, PayPal: When confirming your registration, you will be taken to the PayPal website to process your payment details.

Cheques: Please make cheques out to VOCPRI, and mail to: VOCPRI c/o Michelle Langdon, 600 Sanatorium Rd, London, N6H 3W7, along with a printout of your e-mail confirmation.


Education & Learning Services, CPRI 
CPRI Education 

Sponsorship Statement

This program has received an educational grant and in-kind support from The Volunteer Organization of CPRI.


Healthy Active Living During A Pandemic 

Presented by: Dr. Michelle Ponti, Dr. Linda Plowright, Justin Temple and Evonne Sullivan

Screen Time  Presented by Dr. Michelle Ponti

The Canadian Pediatric Society is planning the release of an update to the 2017 position statement on screen time among young children, with added research on pandemic effects. The CPS has also published guidelines focused on school-aged children and adolescents, a group whose growing independence and increased time spent without parental supervision requires a distinct approach to managing digital devices. Studies show that despite widespread use of “social” media, children in this age group are showing signs of increased isolation. School-aged children and adolescents also have increased rates of mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, and suicide. The statement is expected to provide an overview of the risks and potential benefits of digital media, with recommendations to help clinicians counsel parents and patients.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn how the pandemic impacted on child and adolescent screen        time and review the CPS guidelines on screen use.

 2. Discuss impacts of sedentary behaviour on mental health

About Dr. Michelle Ponti:

Dr. Ponti is a Paediatrician in London, Ontario.  She works at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) a children's mental/developmental health facility. Her practice focuses on children with complex behavioural, developmental and learning issues.  

Food for Thought: The Importance of Nutrition for Mental Health  Presented by Dr. Linda Plowright

Most of us are aware that what we eat is important for the health of our bodies and the prevention of disease; but we may not be aware that nutrition is intimately linked to mental health as well. In this talk, Dr. Plowright will explore the scientific evidence which demonstrates the important connections between our food choices and our mental health and will teach us how to eat for mental wellness and a healthy brain.

Learning Objectives:

1. Learn about the link between the health of our bodies and the health      of our mind

2. Learn about the growing evidence of an inflammatory component in        the development and maintenance of mental illness

3. Learn about foods and dietary patterns that have mental health-              promoting properties


About Dr. Linda Plowright:

Dr. Plowright is an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Western Ontario and she is on staff at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) in London with the Dual Diagnosis Behaviour and Anxiety Clinic. She completed a fellowship in Integrative Medicine through the University of Arizona College of Medicine and formerly ran an Integrative Psychiatry practice. She has worked with humanitarian organizations to provide medical care to under-served populations in multiple countries and works closely with a group that provides humanitarian medical care in the Dominican Republic. Her interests include Integrative Mental Health, Dual Diagnosis, mindfulness, clinical hypnosis and cross-cultural health.

Recreation Therapy and Mental Health Presented by Justin Temple

This portion of the presentation will provide an understanding and connection regarding physical activity and mental health.  We will also explore the importance of a balanced recreation and leisure lifestyle and practical strategies to reduce the challenges or unstructured time for youth. 

Learning Objectives:

1. To provide an understanding around the importance of regular physical activity

2. How recreation and leisure can be used for preventative and reactionary emotional management.

About Justin Temple:

Justin Temple is a Recreation Therapist from London, Ontario. Justin has worked at CPRI in this role since 2007, working with both the inpatient and outpatient clients. He is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario as well as Fanshawe College. He believes in recreation and leisure being a vital component of balanced and healthy lifestyle.

Yoga for Wellness & Recovery Presented by Evonne Sullivan

This informational session will provide an overview on yoga for mental health, along with its inclusion into treatment plans for various conditions and disorders such as stress, anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction. 

The benefits of trauma-informed yoga will be explored; discussing how it works, teaching practices, effects on the brain and nervous system, and its ability to support and offer improvements for mental health and trauma recovery.

Learning Objectives:

1. Develop a greater understanding of yoga’s impact on mental, physical and emotional health; including how working with the mind-body connection and yogic practices can support mental health management and improvements for various mental health conditions and disorders.

2. Increase knowledge about trauma-informed yoga: what it is, how it works and its benefits for emotional health and healing. Gain insight into the practical application of trauma-informed yoga for individuals experiencing challenges with trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder. 

3. Learn about the current use of yoga, meditation and mindfulness within healthcare and treatment settings, as well as how mind-body practices can support mental health care. Examples based upon experiences teaching for mental health and addiction, both in-person and virtually, will provide further detail.

4. Participation in a trauma-informed yoga session to deepen comprehension about mind-body practices for mental health through first-hand experience. This interactive experience will allow participants to learn tools for one’s self and resource recommendations for others.

About Evonne Sullivan:

Evonne Sullivan is a trauma-informed Yoga Teacher, Meditation Teacher and Speaker specializing in mental health, addiction recovery and employee wellness. She facilitates wellness sessions within organizations, healthcare, treatment centres, educational institutions, conferences and special events.

Evonne is partnered with CAMH Foundation teaching yoga, meditation and mindfulness for patients in treatment at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, in addition to teaching for employee wellness with Sinai Health. Her work is applicable to individuals, clients, employees and organizations.

She creates a supportive, trauma-informed environment for health and healing. Evonne is based out of Toronto, travels throughout Ontario and teaches virtually. She spreads the message of mind-body health through teaching, education and practice.

Evonne has trained with Trauma Sensitive Yoga, Yoga of Recovery, LifeForce Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, Yoga of 12-Step Recovery and Recovery 2.0. She holds an Honours BA from the University of Guelph, a Postgraduate Certificate in HR Management from George Brown College and is a Certified Human Resources Leader.

Target Audience: Allied health professionals, medical professionals, front-line para-professionals